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a rare but potentially life-threatening contion, reported sometimes less than 2 weeks after starting plavix. other rare but serious side effects may occur. >> neil: did the president of the united states say he is open to a deal? >> is there room for a middle ground whereby for example the tax cuts on the wealthy could be extended for a period of time and then allowed to expire? >> well, certainly there is going to be room for discussion. >> neil: oh, really? welcome, everybody. i'm neil cavuto. far apart or closer than you think? the president today saying there is room for discussion on the bush tax cuts. gop leader john boehner also open to a sit down with the big guy. behind all of the rough rhetoric could a deal still be struck to extend all of the bush tax cuts and not just on those out of the up upper income range?
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bob cusack is keeping track of all of these at the i imagine it is still we are parting the president's words maybe a bit too generously here. seems like he is at least putting that potentially on the table, isn't he? >> without a doubt. he needs 60 votes in the senate to do his tax plan which would extend it only for what he calls the middle class. those making more than $250,000 a year would not get the tax cuts they enjoyed the last ten years. he doesn't have the votes. democrats ben nelson from nebraska, blanche lincoln, even the budget committee chairman kent conrad, they don't agree with president obama. at some point and i think it will be after the election in the lame duck session where obama is going to strike a deal with republicans but i don't think he is going to do it before then. >> neil: the longer he waits the more the pressure builds to extend them. by that i mean all of them. >> um-h'm. >> neil: and the argument as
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you brilliantly put out in the past is he wasn't going to budge on extending the ones on the top two rates, the regulatoriy as he calls it, the millionaires. we know they are not millionaires but be that as it may. what changed? what happened and why the negotiating or what appears to be negotiating posture? >> i think he has got to fire up the left. the left is disappointed with president obama on a range of issues. if obama struck a deal now and said okay we will lift it from the $250,000 to a million dollars or even higher or basically cave to the gop before the election they are not going to show up. still a degate whether they will show up in november away. that is why he gave that strong speech in cleveland staking out his position back to negotiating. he says i'm at this level and i'm certainly willing to deal as he indicated today but there will be no deal had before the end of september. congress is going to leave at the end of september because
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democrats need to go home and campaign. >> neil: when would there be a deal in the lame duck session? >> in the lame duck session. >> neil: the president might figure, well, i'm going to ram this puppy through with the troops i have even though they are on their way assuming the polls play out the way they look right now in the actual election. why do it then? >> well, i don't think he can do it now just because he doesn't have the votes where the moderates, whether olympia snow or scott brown, they are with mitch mcconnell on this and not ready to raise taxes on anybody. a real question from harry reid the majority leader actually calls for a vote on what obama wants. i don't think he will do that because they know they don't have the votes and then this could be the beginning of obama's move to the middle trianglation after the election. do they win the house or win the senate? who knows. there willle be a lot more
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republicans, though. and that could be the time for some bipartisan kind of deal. >> neil: wow, that is an earthquake breaking development there. bob du cusack, thank you very much. >> neil: if the president was shy about calling the new plan stimulus let's say he is not shy any more. >> this is a second stimulus? >> everybody we have been been trying to do is designed to stimulate growth. i will keep on trying to stimulate growth and jobs. >> neil: butter. margin ringo starr. margarine. butter, margarine. ever notice that he didn't actually call it stimulus. with 508-dollars in new stimulus or -- with 50 billion in new stimulus or stimulating stuff, will they reach a deal? republican, new york, congressman chris lee. congressman, we could debate the stimulus thing but what if the president said you have got
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to go along with this $50 billion in increased whatever you want to call it and i'll go along with extending those tax cuts for another couple of years. what would you do? >> well, if the president is talking about cutting spending and going back to the 2008 levels before we had the free for all, sure, i would be in favor of that. i think we have to come to the table. >> neil: what did you just say? >> i'm not in favor of spending another $50 billion. i think what we are talking about spending we have to get back to pre2008 levels. >> neil: okay. but i understand that, sir. what i asked you then if the president is saying approve this and i'm going to let the tax credits that you do like, that is republicans, $130 million, maybe even marry them with a couple of years extension in the tax cuts, all the tax cuts then what would you do? >> i still would not be in favor of it. >> neil: really?
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>> i think the american people are i don't care who you rebrand it, are it is still another stimulus that hasn't worked. this year we will be in debt $1.5 trillion. it is such a reckless pace. the old adage when you are in a hole stop digging and we are adding 10,000 federal jobs and the pro private sector continuo suffer. when we have 10% unemployment we cannot be adding the tax on it. >> neil: a fair point. i suspect this is what might be going on. you are closer to the fire than i will ever be, i grant you. what if he is trying to call your bluff, saying look for $50 billion in spending that he says is paid for, they are negating what could really be $230 billion in tax cuts and credits that is not paid for. and now he is saying look, i
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gave them what they wanted and they just turned their nose at it. >> well, only in washington can you say that another $50 billion that we are going to borrow is paid for. we are in debt, again, $1.5 trillion this year. >> neil: here is my point congressman. i don't mean to badger you on it but this point. the spending if he says is paid for and you're right the devil is in the details and probably is not paid for. as you know, it would pile on to the $350 billion or $400 billion in unspent stimulus funds from the last go around. takes awhile to get that out the door. tax credits, tax cuts as you know, sir,, are immediate. he would be giving you your cake and you could go ahead and eat it. >> as i say i'm one of these people i'm a fiscal conservative. i'm not in favor of what we have seen over the last two years in terms of the spending spree. >> neil: i think he is setting you up. i think he is calling your bluff and i think if you don't
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handle this carefully it could boomer rang on him. >> he can call our bluff but i assure you the people in my district who is lived within their means had enough of what is going on in washington and they want to get serious. >> neil: he is saying tell your people in the district you said no to tax credits and tax cuts. now, how are you going to explain that? >> i will gradually explain it. i have been out in front of the people in my district. they want us to focus on incentivizing people to get off the sidelines and start growing the private sector and small businesses. we are doing nothing to provide that stability in washington. >> neil: a real pleasure thank you very much. this is fascinating. something big is going on here. could be really big. taiwan, a mass weddin wedding . nearly 200 couples tying the knot simultaneously. all vowing to love, honor and respect. good times and in bad 'til
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neil cavuto number one in news this hour. number one in business period. you're watching "your world." >> neil: you pay their salaries, a lot of them aren't paying taxes. capitol hill workers owe more than 9 million bucks in back taxes just last year that includes three people at the ethics office owing about 75 grand and white house workers were with 831 grand in unpaid taxes. these are eye popping. scheme of in the cream of things not a big deal. >> it totally is a big deal. it is like the law is for thee but not for me. there is legislation out there to stop this from happening further. if you have a public tax lien against and you are federal employee you will be fired. there is a legislative initiative to do that. congressman in utah is
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sponsoring the legislation. i don't think that they should be allowed to pass laws specifically tax laws, spending laws when staffers, 638 of them on an average of $12,000 they owe the federal government, owe the i.r.s. >> neil: how do you break them down? >> the 638 that owe the average of $12,000 are staffers on the hill. in 2008, they actually said that there was $3 billion worth of outstanding taxes due from federal workers in general all across the federal government. so, the plan exactly would be broadly defined as any federal worker including staffers on the hill. interestingly enough, neil, this information that came out today was in the post did not differentiate between whether they are staffers or members of congress. they could be members of congress but the privacy issues, they didn't give us the
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names and everything. the staffers could be members of congress as well. >> neil: they could also have legitimate gripes with the irs. >> sure, absolutely. >> neil: maybe just arguing with the irs. >> the irs is no saint. let's not sanctify the irs. they make a lot of mistakes and people are in court fighting over taxes. >> neil: out of whack with the average populous. >> 4% of the people on capitol hill. 18,000 employees on capitol hill. it is only 4%. but the irs actually says that the level of debt is actually rising faster among these folks than the average debt load across the country. that is so i think that is really disconcerting and these are folks with more wherewithal. federal employees are paid a differential higher than the private sector. these people are making very good incomes. >> neil: it is weird. leslie page, thank you very
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much in washington. citizens against government waste. >> thanks for having me. >> neil: nine years late. people were running. people were falling. it was one of the most incredible things i have seen. i hope i never see it again. >> neil: one of our top allies then, john howard remembering with us now. he is next. he is here. and he is only here. ♪ [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue --
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>> neil: takes a lot for those guys not to stay a thing. not a thing. the scene at the new york stock exchange this morning. a moment of silence at the corner of wall and broad. traders remembering 9/11 nine years later. a day that rocked the financial world as well. my next guest remembers it quite i have vividly.
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he was in the united states on 9/11 and an ally of the united states on 9/11. the former australian foreign minister john howard. good to have you. >> great to be here. >> neil: i can't believe it has been nine years. >> i can't either. although i have just been writing about it. i'm releasing my auto biography at the end of october and i talk about the events of 9/11 as i was in washington. i had seen president bush for the very first time the day before. >> neil: and you guys struck a fast friendship. >> we did. we remain good friends. >> neil: do you really? >> i still see him, yeah. and i look his company. he is -- as we say in australia he is a good bloke. i thought he did a great job in discharging the first responsibility of a president and that is to protect the country because the big worry everybody had as i recall after
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that attack nine years ago was when will the next one come? >> neil: that was the fear, right? >> yes. >> neil: and guys like you and i had the pleasure of chatting with you not too long after 9/11 and you said we can't let down our guard and be complacent. increasingly, prime minister, the world did. >> that is human nature. you can't stop that. i think in, you know, a tribute toward bush he brought in a lot of measures. some people grizzliesleed about them but they worked and there were no further attacks on the america mainland. there were near misses. the christmas day fellow in detroit. >> neil: but you had no doubt, no reservations about equating this to a larger war on terror? >> oh, no. >> neil: and you and tony blair and just a couple of others, but really you leading the pack said no, this is as president bush sees it and calls it.
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that cost you some. >> yes, it was not a popular position. and i think in fairness to everyone, tony blair was courageous as well, he committed very, very large numbers of british forces. >> neil: he is paying for it at book signings right now. >> he stuck to his guns. >> neil: are you surprised people are still bitter? >> no, because politics is like that. and in terms of scandal and when countries pay with the blood of their sons and daughters and you lose troops, feelings do become intense. and there is a visceral hostility in certain political corridors toward people who take the view that governments and nations have got to be active in pursuing what they believe in. >> neil: do you think after awhile, prime minister, people get terror battle fatigue. >> absolutely. >> and that is one of the reasons why president obama has
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set the timeline we are going to be out of iraq the end of next year and i suspect even if the country is imploding we are out of there, end of story and the world knows it. >> that, of course, is why terrorists play such a long game. they know that in the long run or beill probably win, successful in a given objective. that has been the history. unless a nation is involved in total war and you have everybody involved and the immediate security of the country is on the line, people do weary because only a small section of the population is involved. >> neil: what is the attitude in australia? >> the attitude in australia is one of continuing to support in afghanistan. we don't have any forces left in iraq and haven't had so for some time. >> neil: president obama said that is where we should have focused in the beginning.
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what do you think of that? successful was very suck he at the beginning. i take the view that the commitment in iraq was justified and i'm still very much of that view and will say so in my book and explain why. >> neil: be careful where you do your book signings, that is all. >> i'll try. we are still very committed and both sides of politics in australia are very committed to maintaining our commitment in afghanistan and that i think that will remain the case for some time. >> neil: speaking of australia, and you and i were chatting over the break and in deference to my boss rupert murdoch who is australian, what is going on in australia? you have the shakiest of governments. threw out the last prime minister. she took over.
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>> a liber government which is liberal in your terms. >> as close to 50/50 as you can get. what is happening? >> that is what the public said. the public voted and almost mathematically as chose as you could to 50% for either side. in the lower house where the government is formed parliamentary systems like the house of commons in canada or britain the government has 76 and the opposition has 74. and -- >> neil: all it takes is one or two guys to have a head cold and you have a new government. >> get a casual vacancy and changes hands 75 each it stretches hands. >> neil: i read it may be the view here that the electoral map will shift dramatically one way. maybe austral is providing an
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example that the temprament of the people is more even than we think. >> i don't think you can draw comparisons between america and australia on this. i think there was great disappointment in australia that the government just scrambled back in its first term and the extraordinary situation of the prime minister being removed. >> neil: almost like a coup. >> it was. >> has that ever happened in your country? >> never since the states federated australia has a prime minister been knifed before he has complete the his first term. >> neil: why did they knife him? >> his polls fell and they thought they would lose the election if they left him there. >> neil: they didn't let grass grow under his feet. >> and then installed the new one and then the new one -- >> neil: how do you think she is -- >> i think it is unpredictable. we are in unchartered territory.
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we haven't had this before and the range of possibilities are all those that are theoretically there. she could survive or suffer embarrassment on the floor of house. >> neil: the world and yours is a special case, i grant you, prime minister, but sort of like a mexican or australian standoff, if you will and this is global. conservatives and liberals and the person, you get my wind, that they are really out of lock here and we could go into a period of us -- a suspended period where nothing gets done globally? >> that is a real risk. gridlock in this country is something you are very familiar with. >> neil: markets like it. >> it is a different thing in australia. the parliamentary system, the legislature owns the government and it has overpower and if you
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have gridlock in there you have total gridlock. in the united states you can have gridlock in the congress but the president can still do certain things, significant things. it is a lot more difficult in a parliamentary system and it is hard to see how it allows but it could. we once had a conservative government in australia and had a similarly small majority but they were all conservatives. >> neil: and they stuck together. >> and they stuck together. we weren't relying on independents and that is crucial difference. >> neil: quickly, do you think it could happen again, something approaching the magnitude of 9/11? >> all i can say, i don't know. i pray not. but, the best one can do is to take all the available insurance that there is. anything is possible in this world. i think that the fact that you had nothing like it since is a remarkable tribute to your security agencies. i mean they get belted around
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the head when something goes wrong. >> neil: you're right about that. >> it really is remarkable. given the mood of the countries worrying there was going to be another attack. >> neil: prime minister, thank you very much. >> great seeing you. >> neil: safe trip home. the prime minister is kind enough to join us again for the 9/11 special, nine leer years . joining him the former governor of new york and alberto gonzales, billionaire publisher zuckerman and the former head of the new york stock exchange. many more guests. sometimes we tend to forget. it has been nine years but we shouldn't forget. all that coming live this weekend. >> neil: the president admitting the healthcare law will hike costs. why is this healthcare secretary threatening companies for raising rates? the day before we remember the
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ninth anniversary of 9/11 an ninth anniversary of 9/11 an anniversary of a hotel bombing♪ reminds us not to forget. lis s former attorney general john ashcroft is here.
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>> neil: results coming in the new poll questions, log in to fox world to vote. do you think the president and republicans can reach a deal on extending the bush tax cuts.
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80% say no. 15%, yes. 4% aren't so sure. go to your world and add your vote as well. we look forward to it. president obama saying that the healthcare overhaul will increase costs now but save money longer term. that is on the heels of kathleen sebelius sending a letter to the health insurance associations sayle we will not stand by as they blame premium hikes on the premise that they provide consumer protections. the bottom line might be look, you are telling us to take on all these customers, the money doesn't come out of thin air. >> well, neil, that hasn't gone into effect yet. that doesn't happen until 2014. the only provisions that have gone into effect are a preventative care requirement which will save money. the requirement that you have to cover your children on your health plan up until age 26 and all children regardless of condition have to be covered
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which should account for a 2% hike. >> neil: but you have to pay for something aid head of the fact. i never walked into a store and they just give me the couch unless i give them the money up front. >> these are 40% and 60% premium increases. >> neil: to be fair the average is 1% to 9%. i had my dealings with insurance companies. but, you know, it is not 40%. >> anthem blue cross in california proprosed a 39% increase even before healthcare passed and the state clammed down on it. we are talking about an industry that tripled its profit in the last ten years. last year record breaking profits. their ceos a median of $12 million per year and average of $9 million per year. >> neil: they are being told they have to eventually cover 30 some odd million more
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americans. that just doesn't fall out of the sky. >> thatle benefit them and possibly hurt them but that is up in the air at this point. the 30 million, some of them are getting. >> neil: in the cost structure right now, believe me, i think you are right about some of the abuses going on there. the way their costs stand right now you just can't take that on without raising your fees, right? >> neil, in that pool of 30 million you have people currently uninsured because the insurance companies refuse to cover them and gentlemen are ting to cost a lot. millions of americans who have young and haven't purchased health insurance and cost them nothing. >> neil: that is assuming they can be forced to buy insurance. is a big legal argument. >> and the 30 million includes the individuals who cost almost nothing and the insurance companies make money off of them. this is an industry that makes about twice the s&p profit margin. they have deep pockets. >> neil: not for long. the way this mess is going, i
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think they were the mapp happy years. we'll see. thank you very much. an attempted suicide bombing in denmark on the eve of 9/11. why john ashcroft still has serious worries about terrorism. he is here exclusively, after this. [ female announcer ] stay once.
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>> neil: this a fox news alert. on the eve of the nine year anniversary of september 11th an attempted suicide bomber in denmark arrested after reportedly wearing explosives strapped to his body, resulting in two explosions at a hotel in copenhagen. john ashcroft was attorney general under president george w. bush. he joins us new exclusively. thank you for coming. good to have you. >> great to be with you again, neil. >> neil: when i look at the developments out of denmark or planes out of amsterdam what is going ou on in that region of e
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world where it is draw on that section of the world? >> the threat is worldwide and we can't assume that we don't have the threat here. times square, the underwear bomber, they might be saying what is going on over there in the united states? the fact of the matter is that the terrorist movement is not only worldwide but it is continuing. and we have a culture which expects things to be resolved immediately, television culture which expects a program to last 30 minutes with four commercial breaks and then there to be a resolution. the terrorist community is part of an inner generational culture. they say if we don't get it done our grand children will get it done. if they don't get it done their grand children will get it done. we need to be on guard defending freedom for the long haul and understand it is a threat around the world and not just something we can defend there or over here. we have to be defensive and cooperate in the defense of freedoms of other nations
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around the globe. >> neil: i asked the former prime minister of australia whether we got terror battle fatigue and the world or those who wish us well know it? >> i don't think there is any question that there are times when we sort of fall into a sense of security which is probably unwarranted. and for those who think that if we just play mr. nice guy everything will be peachy and it is all over, that is the kind of false sense of security we enjoyed on september 10th. on september 11th we were brought to reality in a tragic way. i remember it vividly and because of that i'm not about to go for that -- i will not bite on that bait again. >> neil: the criticism that you got after that as attorney general, oh, look at the bush administration and ashcroft, they are going after individual privacy rights, civil rights, our basic freedom of speech.
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but that it was a balancing act as you and the president said at the time. have we adjusted that balancing act or have we gone too far the other way? critics of all, those are proper individuals and they should raise questions and we should always be prepared to defend freedom and be careful that we don't invade freedom and liberty in the process of defending it. i think the right approach was taken. it was a rigorous approach. a vigorous approach. we swung into action. we did everything possible. i'm grateful for a president who didn't say now we need to soft pedal this and i think we have a lot to be thankful for including those new defending the united states. those serving overseas and active here to help us continue to remain free from successful attacks here. we know that attempted attacks here have taken place. we know about individuals
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apprehended who have been parts of plans for additional attacks and we know that if we don't continue with a sense of urgency and alertness that we expose ourselves to serious danger. i think the right approach has been taken, and it is an approach to defend liberty. not an approach which invades or otherwise impairs liberty. >> neil: do you think it could happen again along the magnitude of 9/11? >> i would certainly hope not but the minute we think it can't happen again we increase the chance that it might because we let our guard down. so the important thing for us to do is to understand and remember that this can happen again. as a result, we need to be in a posture of alertness and remember that each of the last couple episodes have really been diverted or defaulted based on the alertness of citizens. >> neil: you're right. i was just going to say that with all respect to the intelligence and the like, they
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got lucky. and whether it is, you know, a passenger on a plane or other, bottom line is we got pretty lucky. speaking of the planes, john, i'm wondering why always the target on planes? it is not as if they have given up on that. even with our beefed up security and the billions we spent to fortify security and all of that. what is the deal there? >> well, obviously there are different ways in which planes can be used as instruments of terror. when they become a weapon. one, they are fuel laden and there is an effort made to crash the plane using the fuel onboard as it was on 9/11 to be destructive. >> neil: they moved beyond that and they want to just kill everybody on the plane and if that is all they do, that is fine. what is the -- >> hardening the cockpit has obviously diminished the threat of using the plane as an
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incendiary weapon. there is still a significant population on the airplane that is in jeopardy in the event that in some way the plane itself is taken down, not used as a weapon but becomes sort of the arena or environment of terror and people on the plane are those that are killed as well as in 9/11 we had thousands outside the plane. the plane is still obviously a target of choice but our efforts have at least been successful including some what might be said to be luck that we avoided those for the last nine years. >> neil: you know, wall street, mr. attorney general, is kind of the right now, where it roughly was then on september 10. the last day of trading before the attacks. of course, the markets were closed four trading days and didn't open until well after the attacks. are you surprised after all this time we are in a percent or two of where we were?
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>> well, let me say there has been a lot of intervining akron -- intervening activity that has been digested and for us to attribute the current station of wall street somehow to the terrorist environment would be to ignore too many other variables. >> neil: you're right. you're right. >> i personally believe that wall street is suffering a significant paralysis right now as a result of the uncertainty that results from a federal government that is bent on tinkering with the economy or tampering with the opportunity for growth that exists in america and as a result there is this sort of sense of immobility and that is not good economically and it has hurt people and cost a lot of people their jobs. >> neil: yes. john ashcroft, a real pleasure. thank you very much. >> ply pleasure. >> neil: speaking of all things 9/11. live tomorrow not too far from ground zero, 9:57 a.m. to
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12:00 p.m. eastern to honor the victims of the september 11th attacks i will be joined by the former new york governor, former attorney general alberto gonzales. dick grasso, the guy who headed up the new york exchange. what a mess. he led us through that mess and came out okay. that was then. we're up on it now. >> neil: the court is shooting him down again but the next guest says that the laws that crack down on illegals in his city are far from out. where the mayor of hazleton is vowing to take his battle, next. [ manager ] you know...
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>> neil: federal court justifying the city of hazeltop's law cracking down on businesses or landlords for
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employing or renting to illegals. the mayor not happy about it. what does it mean to you? >> this wasn't unexpected. we anticipated that ultimately this case would end up in the supreme court and that is what i plan to do. we are going to fight this all the way to the supreme court. >> neil: i didn't realize and maybe you can bring us up to speed. the illegal immigration thing is a big deal in your city, isn't it? explain. >> it is. hazleton was the first city in the united states to take action because the federal government refused to. i had met with the federal government with the department of justice back in december of 2005 talked about the problems we were having in our city, the gangs, the illegal immigration problem. and there was nothing done. we had a 29-year-old city man shot in the head, the father of three children. i needed to take action. we were immediately sued by the a.c.l.u. and lost in the district court in scranton,
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pennsylvania and appealed to the third circuit court and two years later a decision came down against us. >> neil: what was the judge's rationale behind slapping this down for now? violates civil rights? >> that it is the premotion law that we cannot preempt federal laws. >> neil: you argued the federal government wasn't doing its job so you had to step in to do yours. >> that is why mayors like myself and states like arizona are. the decision by the third circuit court makes it the most liberal court in america in dealing with immigration laws because even the ninth circuit court in california agrees with the city of hazleton in a case with the state of arizona. >> neil: amazing. mayor, i wish we had more time. we had so much breaking news. thank you very much. keep us posed on how this is going. >> okay. thank you, neil. >> neil: you're welcome. we keep repeating the same mistakes. why? because we do, that's why. that's next.
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>> it amazes me how often we repeat the same mistake. spending doesn't work so we spend more. one party gets arrogant with pour and the next party gets more. and washington police, the corporate rat, comes along with such is life, such is us. and hope might spring eternal, but our memory does not and put down our guard. and soon forgotten, what made us rise above the petty day-to-day, eventually becomes the day-to-day and fretting about paychecks that aren't there and not appreciating precious life that is there. fighting with the co-workers who don't seem to ever get up. instead of not once thinking they might not be that much longer for this world with us, where we would then, nine years ago this very night, we went to bed obsessing about things that in the scheme of things were just things, weighty things, worrisome
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things, damn bothersome things, but things just the same, things. nine years ago this night, we were going day-to-day. very few, i suspect, thinking about the end of the day. there were kids to get to school and college commutes to get to work, fights to watch in washington, recession to fear everywhere. ring a bell? same deal then. same deal now. forgetting it's only here for now, then it isn't. and in an instant, everything changes. nine years ago this very night, i guess we weren't so deep, but we were too busy until not too many hours later we weren't too busy, not too busy to put life in perspective and the to-do list on shelves until we started making a different life and then it was more about being good than having good. doing good than pushing good. it's as if a moment we realized there's not much to having money in a wallet if you have nothing beating in your heart. not much to financial freedom if you have no freedom, that
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living for dough matters little if you're done, dead, gone, finished, over. nene years ago this very night, going to sleep, we didn't see it. the next day, we vowed we would never forget it. till we did. that was then, this is now. lesson learned. i hopeless son not forgotten. it's a good thing we have anniversaries, my friend, to remind us about how much we've forgotten, again and again and again. but we're not going to forget. tomorrow we're within feet of ground zero, like a two hour special, 9/11 nine years later, we're going to talk to the very people who lived through it then, what they see and fear now, former new york governor george pataki, former attorney general, gonzalez, and so much more, and starts at 9:57 a.m. there's a reason for that. watch us for that.
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